Interview with New York based writer and researcher Kristen Lewis, co-director of theAmerican Human DevelopmentProject. The project is a non-partisan, non-profit initiative to apply a well established international approach to measuring human well-being in the US.
Jo Ann and Dave look at the latest findings on racial profiling released by the Portland Police Bureau. This latest report, which compiles data on stops and motorists, cyclists and pedestrians over the past year, shows that African Americans are still more likely to be stopped by the police than other city residents. The city says the raw data doesn't tell the whole story, but community activists are concerned that "driving, cycling and walking while black" remains a serious problem in the Rose City. Jo Ann and Dave and discuss voter concerns about Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.
Hosts Hala Gores and William Seaman talk with poet, translator and doctor, Fady Joudah, about the life and work of Palestinian poet, Mahmoud Darwish. Also on the program, live satellite phone conversations with Paul Larudee and Huwaida Arraf of the Free Gaza Movement as they sail, along with 43 other volunteers, from Cyprus to Gaza to break the Israeli blockade.